Project Description

PERCY THOMAS GILES 1896–1973

Royal engineers badge

Born 1st June 1896, Aldershot

Baptised 25th June 1896 at All Saint’s Church, Aldershot

Married September 1924 to Gladys Wagstaff, Chesterfield

Two daughters, Eileen born 1927 and Marian born 1929, Chesterfield District

Died June 1973, Worcestershire

 1901 Census

Age four, living at 80 College Road, Norwich, Norfolk with father James age 37, military officer, SSM Kings Own Hussars, and mother Sara 36, born in Ireland. Percy Thomas was known as Thomas. His father served in the Army until 1916.

1911 Census

At school, living at 84 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds with father James Edward and mother Sara. His father was a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Yeomanry.

Military Service

Rank: Pioneer

Service Number: 222371

Military Unit: Royal Engineers

Theatre of war: Served in German East Africa

No military service record has been found apart from his medal cards.

From his pension record card and Silver War Badge record:

Service from 25.1.17 to 11.4.19

11.4.19:  Discharged due to sickness. Received Silver War Badge no. B180521

12.4.19: Disability pension commenced due to malaria attributable to war service, but no details of payment given.

27.1.21: Entry on pension card: ‘No grounds for award’

Silver War Badge: Badge no. B180521

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Not found

Other information

On 20 February 1922 when he was elected as an Associate Member of The Institute of Civil Engineers he was assistant engineer to the Borough engineer and surveyor and living at 12 Shaftesbury Avenue, Chesterfield.

Newspaper announcement of his marriage gave his parents as Mr and Mrs J E Giles of Radcliffe on Trent. Occupation at time of marriage – Civil Engineer Assoc. M Inst.C.E. (Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers)

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent in 1918, on active service